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Nationals won't bring Dusty Baker back in 2018

The Nationals will not bring back manager Dusty Baker for the 2018 season.

What It Means:

Baker's contract was set to expire after the season, and following back-to-back first-round exits from the playoffs, the Nationals have decided not to bring back the 68-year-old manager. He led the club to consecutive National League East titles while going a combined 192-132.

Across 22 seasons as a manager, Baker is 1863-1636 (.532) across stints with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Nationals.

Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' Game 5 lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Yasmani Grandal is not in the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Grandal will make room for Austin Barnes behind the plate as Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers try to end their series in five games.

Our models project the Dodgers will post 3.78 runs tonight.

Curtis Granderson is on the Dodgers' bench for Game 5 against the Cubs

Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder Curtis Granderson is not in the Game 5 lineup.

What It Means:

Granderson will take a seat as Chris Taylor moves into center field for Dave Roberts' team.

Our models project the Dodgers will post 3.78 runs against Chicago on Thursday night.

Andre Ethier is not in the Dodgers' Game 5 lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder Andre Ethier will not start against the Chicago Cubs in Game 5.

What It Means:

Ethier will be replaced by Kike Hernandez in left field as the Dodgers try to wrap up the series against the Cubs in five games.

Our models project the Dodgers' offense will put up 3.78 runs on Thursday night.

Dodgers' Chase Utley will not start in Game 5 against the Cubs

Los Angeles Dodgers' second baseman Chase Utley is not in the lineup for Game 5 against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Utley will take a seat to make room for Logan Forsythe, who will bat fifth against Cubs' lefty Jose Quintana.

Utley has posted an average of 6.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Logan Forsythe is in the Dodgers' Game 5 lineup on Thursday

Los Angeles Dodgers' second baseman Logan Forsythe is starting against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Forsythe will replace Chase Utley at second and bat fifth for the Dodgers as they look to wrap up their series with the Cubs in five games.

Our models project Forsythe will post 8.6 FanDuel points while costing $2,500 on Thursday.

Kike Hernandez gets the start for the Dodgers in Game 5

Enrique Hernandez will start in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Hernandez will replace Andre Ethier in the lineup. He is set to bat sixth against Chicago Cubs' southpaw Jose Quintana.

Our models project Hernandez will post 8.1 FanDuel points while costing $2,200 on Thursday night.

Austin Barnes starting behind home plate for the Dodgers in Game 5

Austin Barnes will start at catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Barnes will handle the catching duties as Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers try to close out the Cubs in five games.

Our models project Barnes will post 9.5 FanDuel points while costing $2,700.

Dodgers' Charlie Culberson will start at shortstop in Game 5

Los Angeles Dodgers' infielder Charlie Culberson will start at shortstop against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

What It Means:

Culberson will take over shortstop, pushing Chris Taylor into center field for the Dodgers as they take on Jose Quintana and the Cubs.

Our models project Culberson to collect 4.7 FanDuel points while costing $2,400 on Thursday night.

Cubs' Ben Zobrist is batting eighth in Game 5

Ben Zobrist will return to the starting lineup for the Cubs' Game 5 tilt with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

With southpaw Clayton Kershaw on the mound, Joe Maddon will replace Jon Jay with the switch-hitting Zobrist. The veteran utility-man will bat eighth and play right field.

Our models project Zobrist will post 6.9 FanDuel points while costing $2,800.

Jon Jay is not in the Cubs' Game 5 starting lineup

Chicago Cubs' outfielder Jon Jay is not in the Game 5 starting lineup.

What It Means:

With southpaw Clayton Kershaw on the mound, Ben Zobrist will slide onto the card for Jay.

Jay is averaging 6.5 FanDuel points per game in 2017.

Dodgers' Austin Barnes is out of the lineup for Game 4

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes will not start Game 4 against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Yasmani Grandal is making his second start this postseason and will catch Alex Wood.

Barnes is 5-for-17 in the playoffs with 6 runs, 3 RBIs, and 1 home run.

Joc Pederson is out of the Dodgers' lineup for Game 4

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson will not start Game 4 against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Curtis Granderson is starting in center field, and batting sixth against right-hander Jake Arrieta.

Pederson went 1-for-3 with 1 double and 1 run in Game 3.

Yasmani Grandal is behind the plate for the Dodgers in Game 4

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is batting seventh in Game 4 against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Grandal has only played in one game this postseason, but he'll catch Alex Wood in Game 4. Austin Barnes will begin the game on the bench. Jake Arrieta is on the mound for the Cubs.

Our models project Grandal to score 9.5 FanDuel points.

Dodgers' Curtis Granderson is batting sixth in Game 4

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson is starting in center field for Game 4 against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Granderson is getting the nod in center field over Joc Pederson in Game 4. Right-hander Jake Arrieta is pitching for the Cubs.

Granderson is 1-for-11 in the postseason. Our models project him for 10.1 FanDuel points.

Cubs' Javier Baez is starting at second base in Game 4

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez is batting seventh in Game 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Baez is getting the start at second base over Ben Zobrist against southpaw Alex Wood.

In the playoffs, Baez has gone 0-for-20 with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks, although he does have 2 stolen bases. Our models project him for 9.0 fantasy points on FanDuel.

Jason Heyward is out of the Cubs' lineup for Game 4

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward will begin Game 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the bench.

What It Means:

Southpaw Alex Wood is pitching for the Dodgers, so Albert Almora is in center field today. Jon Jay is moving to right field, bumping Heyward to the bench.

In the postseason, Heyward has gone 2-for-16 with 1 run and 3 walks.

Ben Zobrist is out of the Cubs' lineup for Game 4

Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist will begin Game 4 on the bench against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Zobrist went 0-for-4 out of the leadoff spot yesterday. With Dodgers southpaw Alex Wood on the mound, the Cubs are starting Javier Baez at second base over Zobrist. Albert Almora is batting leadoff.

In the postseason, Zobrist has gone 4-for-23 with 3 runs and 2 doubles.

Cubs' Albert Almora is leading off in Game 4

Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora is starting in center field for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Southpaw Alex Wood is on the mound for the Dodgers, so the Cubs are leading off with Almora in place of Ben Zobrist. With Almora in center field, Jon Jay moves to right field, bumping Jason Heyward to the bench.

Our models project Almora to score 9.3 fantasy points on FanDuel.

Austin Romine out of Yankees' Game 5 lineup

New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine is back on the bench for Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Romine will step aside as Gary Sanchez moves back behind the plate on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Chase Headley will serve as the designated hitter opposite Dallas Keuchel.

Romine went 0-for-2 in his start on Tuesday. He will be available off the bench for New York this evening.

Yankees' Chase Headley in at DH for ALCS Game 5

New York Yankees first/third baseman Chase Headley is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's postseason game against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

As Headley enters, Gary Sanchez will go from DH to catcher as Austin Romine heads back to the Yankees' bench on Wednesday. Staring down Houston's Dallas Keuchel, Headley will hit ninth in ALCS Game 5.

At a price of $2,300, our models have Headley down for 7.8 FanDuel points today. He's hit 2-for-7 with a run and an RBI through 3 games this series.

Aaron Hicks batting fifth on Wednesday for Yankees

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks will hit in the five spot for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Against righty Lance McCullers, Hicks went 0-for-4 yesterday, leaving him just 2-for-15 on the series. But a lefty takes the mound today, so Girardi has decided to move Hicks up against Dallas Keuchel and company.

Hicks costs $2,600 and is projected for 11.9 FanDuel points in the Game 5 tilt.

Yankees' Greg Bird hitting seventh in Game 5 of ALCS

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has been dropped to the seven-hole for Wednesday's Game 5 matchup against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Bird went 0-for-1 with a trio of walks while hitting fifth in Game 4. But, with lefty Dallas Keuchel on the bump, the lefty bat will slide two spots in the lineup.

At $2,800, Bird is projected for 7.9 FanDuel points in today's matchup.

Cubs expect Willson Contreras (forearm) to play in NLCS Game 4

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (forearm) is expected to be ready for Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Contreras had to leave Game 3 early after being hit on the forearm by a Mike Montgomery pitch in the top of the 8th inning. With Los Angeles leading the series 3-0, Contreras should be back behind the plate for the elimination Game 4 Wednesday in Chicago.

If he is starting, our models project Contreras for 9.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,800.

Dodgers' Corey Seager (back) does weight work on Tuesday

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager moved well and did work in the weight room on Tuesday, per MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

What It Means:

Gurnick adds that Seager might get back to playing catch as early as tomorrow. Seager was left off the Dodgers' NLCS roster, but he could be available for the World Series if the Dodgers advance. Until then, Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Charlie Culberson will hold down short for Los Angeles.

Seager went 3-for-11 with 4 walks and 2 RBI in the NLDS. He has a .368 wOBA and is averaging 10.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

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